Are we still supposed to ‘believe the woman’ if she turns out to be nuttier than a squirrel turd?
There’s a REASON people aren’t lining up to support Avenatti’s newest sketchy Trump-hating client.
Wait — are you still distracted by that headline? Trying to figure out whether you should be offended? Wondering what’s up with the reference to Tyra’s hair?
It’s ok. We’re talking about her words, not ours. Here’s the citation. Because unlike CNN and the Times we can and do reference our sources. Tyra’s a lovely woman, but doesn’t pretend she’s ‘perfect’. She answered candidly when given the ‘what beauty issues’ do our high-profile beauties in Hollywood and modeling struggle with?’
Tyra Banks was particularly outspoken about her battle with dandruff. In a case of TMI, the model once said: “My hair’s all over my head. It’s sticking straight up and it’s dirty and full of dandruff. And every time I scratch my scalp, I get this gook of nasty dandruff under my nails.”
It’s an unpleasant image, sure. Then again, looking at the accuser, it’s not a ‘mean’ comparison. In fact, we may actually owe an apology to dandruff. Dandruff is a lot of things, but it isn’t malicious.
The ex-boyfriend of Julie Swetnick said Monday in an “Ingraham Angle” exclusive that he does not believe her allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Richard Vinneccy said his decision to come forward has “nothing to do with political issues,” adding that Swetnick threatened his family after they broke up and was “fixated with lawsuits.”
We’ve recounted some of those repeated lawsuits in an earlier story.
Vinneccy said Swetnick was prone to “exaggeration” and that when they would have a verbal spat, she would “get in [his] face” and tell him to “hit” her.
Ingraham asked Vinneccy why he stayed with Swetnick for seven years if her behavior was so erratic.
“I knew that I’d have to see her again [if I filed a formal report]. I talked to my family and we decided not to do anything because I didn’t want to provoke her,” Vinneccy said.
He added that his relatives later changed their telephone numbers and moved to a new home to avoid contact with Swetnick.
Is this statement driven by political considerations, despite his denials? It doesn’t look that way.
According to Politico, Vinneccy is a registered Democrat in the Miami-Dade County records. He claims that Swetnick continued to threaten him even after he married his wife and had a child. To Politico, he said, “I have a lot of facts, evidence, that what she’s saying is not true at all. I would rather speak to my attorney first before saying more.”
Sorry Hillary, there’ll be no dismissing him as part of that “Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy”.
Here is the unabridged, unedited ‘rush transcript’ [as in, early draft] of the part of Laura’s show containing his interview, so our readers can judge his statements in their original context:
For more, we are joined in a television exclusive by Mr. Vinneccy himself along with his lawyer, Marcia Hanson. Both of you, thank you for joining us tonight. Richard, what are your motivations for coming forward now?
RICHARD VINNECCY, SWETNICK’S FORMER BOYFRIEND: Yes. This has nothing to do with political issues. I mean, I believe so I came over here yesterday so I could tell the truth. I think it’s my civil duty to do so and that is why the reasons why I came.
INGRAHAM: Now, you claim, Richard, that Ms. Swetnick threatened you after you broke up with her. What types of threats are you alleging?
VINNECCY: Right after I broke up with here, she basically called me many times and at one point she basically said will never, ever, see your unborn child alive and, you know, I just want to go over there, I’m going to kill you guys.
INGRAHAM: She said she was going to kill you?
VINNECCY: Yes. And that really scared me a little bit.
INGRAHAM: Well, you told “Politico” originally, Richard, that she threatened your family and your baby.
INGRAHAM: But you meant — the unborn. You meant the unborn child, is that right?
VINNECCY: I meant the unborn child that’s correct. I was not married at that time when this happened.
INGRAHAM: Did she ever discuss with you in your seven year relationship, was from 1994-2001, the issue of sexual assault, or did she mention ever having been sexually assaulted?
VINNECCY: Never, never once she mentioned that to me. And we used to talk about it, just about everything and she never once mentioned that at all.
INGRAHAM: Did she have a political background? Was she interested in politics?
VINNECCY: Not that I know of. You know, she was always wanting to be the center of attention and then she always want to do something major. She is always trying to impress me with everything. She (inaudible). She was exaggerating everything.
If anybody knows Julie, I’m the person, I mean, I know because I lived with here. And everything that came out of her mouth was just exaggerations. She never mentioned that to me at all. And it was something that I was very surprised to hear this. Actually, I was very surprised to actually see her making these accusations because she had never, ever mentioned that to me at all.
INGRAHAM: Now, you filed a restraining order in March of 2001 after these threats. You said in repeated phone calls to you, threatening you, and your unborn child and your family. But you never follow through with it. You never appeared in court. If you were so threatened by Julie Swetnick, you know, your ex-girlfriend, then why didn’t you follow through?
VINNECCY: Yes. That is a question that everybody is asking. And the reason I didn’t is because, you know, I knew that I have to see her again. I talked to at that time to my family and we decided not to do anything. Not to follow because I didn’t want to provoke her.
I am not the type of person, I mean, I knew the type of person Julie is, and I was afraid, to be honest with you. So we decided to just leave it alone in the hopes that this would go away because at that time, the only thing I was concerned about was my family and the well-being of my family. So we decided to change our numbers and move and that is basically what we did. And right after that we never heard from her again.
INGRAHAM: And after you came forward in that initial interview with “Politico,” did you hear from any of her representatives or did you hear from her at all?
VINNECCY: Not at all. Not at all.
INGRAHAM: Your own credibility has been called into question, and I know you know this, by her lawyer, Michael Avenatti. He appeared earlier tonight on CNN. Let’s watch.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
CHRIS CUOMO, CNN HOST: Her boyfriend says she can’t be trusted, that it’s a credibility thing. Swetnick can’t be trusted. I’ve said it three times. Are any of them impressive to you?
MICHAEL AVENATTI, LAWYER: No, it’s ludicrous. Chris, first of all, one lawsuit was filed. It was almost immediately dismissed. The claims by her ex-boyfriend, I mean who doesn’t have an ex-boyfriend or an ex-girlfriend that might say bad things about them?
(END VIDEO CLIP)
INGRAHAM: Well, ex-boyfriend, you know. Breakups are brutal, right? They can be brutal, in this case, yours was really, of course, really not fun. But people are going to say you don’t like her because you were with her for seven years and that you had a bad ending.
VINNECCY: Yes, like I say again before — like I said before, if anybody knows Julie Swetnick, I know. She is — if you asked me personally if I believe her, I don’t believe her. Personally, I don’t believe her. I really don’t believe her. No one knows better — I mean nobody knows Julie Swetnick better than me. And, you know, he can say everything he wants, but the facts are that I know her and that is what I came here to tell the truth. I know how she is.
INGRAHAM: Well, you were with her for seven years. I mean, you are describing her like she is a total nightmare, but you spent seven years with her. Why were you with her for seven years?
VINNECCY: That’s true. For the first couple of years we had a nice relationship. We weren’t together for seven years. We were together off and on for seven years. The first couple of years we spent in — about a year and a half we spent in San Jose, and then another couple of years we were in Bethesda. And then I was transferred to Panama. And then I came back a couple of years later.
But anyway, we were seeing each other once in a while. But the more I saw it, I mean, the more I saw her and I basically experienced the things that she was doing. I just didn’t like it. I mean the fact that she was lying to me, she pretty much talked about everybody. She talked about lawsuits.
She was like, I don’t know — she was like talking about lawsuits. She was trying to — at one point, I remember she told me that she was filing a lawsuit, harassment lawsuit against American Airlines or lawsuits. I mean, so, I tried and decided, listen, you’re going to have to stop these lawsuits thing because it is ridiculous. She would talk to me about her family. She would do odd things about me. Every time we would get into fights, she would get right in my face. She would ask me to hit her. That’s just really weird. Most of my friends did not like her. In fact, they can testify about that. And it was —
INGRAHAM: Wait, wait, hold on, Richard. Richard, hold on. She asked you to — she was like “hit me?” Why would she say that?
VINNECCY: I don’t know. That was for any minor issues that we had had, she would always get into my face. The first time I experienced that, it was like, oh, my God. This is incredible. She would get right in my face. She would say hit me. Hit me, Richard, hit me. And then she would say something like, remember what happened to my ex-boyfriend. And I would just walk away. It was just impossible to —
INGRAHAM: Richard, Richard, I know you’ve had some financial issues in the past, and you haven’t shied away from that, correct? You got underwater on a mortgage, you’ve had your own issues, correct?
VINNECCY: That is correct, like everybody else, I guess.
INGRAHAM: When you watched her testify last week, when she went through the very heartfelt description of what happened to her at the hands of what she said was Brett Kavanaugh, was went through your mind? When the rest of the country was saying she so credible, she is so believable, you knew her for seven years. What was going through your mind?
VINNECCY: Well, first of all, when I first heard her name mentioned on TV, I’m thinking oh, my God, totally amazed.
INGRAHAM: She obviously didn’t testify. Excuse me, rephrase. She obviously didn’t testify. When you heard her come up with these allegations of this hideous attack, a gang rape, a sexual assault, you had been with her for seven years. Did she ever say anything about gang rape?
VINNECCY: Never. Never. Never. We talked about everything. She never once mentioned this to me at all.
INGRAHAM: Richard, Marcia, thank you so much for being with us tonight. We’ll probably try to have you back if other things come up, but we really, really appreciate it, and we appreciate your time.